Three to Get Ready

Written by Dave Brubeck, arranged by Darius Brubeck
Arrangements available for Orchestra, Orchestra & Jazz Combo, Jazz Quartet

Because of the major impact of both “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” several other valuable compositions which also appeared on Dave Brubeck’s best-selling album Time Out are easily overlooked by critics and casual jazz listeners. “Three to Get Ready” is hardly unfamiliar ground to Brubeck’s fans, as the pianist has repeatedly revisited this happy waltz during numerous concerts in the decades which followed its initial studio recording in 1959. The song, which alternates between three and four, often produces some humorous solos in concert, particularly in Paul Desmond’s quote-filled solo on the CD 25th Anniversary Reunion. Most of the other musicians who have recorded this Brubeck composition haven’t been very well known. It was also recorded by singer Claude Nougaro, who had a hit with it in France under the title “Jazz et Java.”
Ken Dryden,